The Berks County Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will honor its 2022 inductees at a ceremony Sept. 10 at FirstEnergy Stadium as part of a Reading Fightins match.
This year’s inductees are Anthrophobia, a hard rock band fronted by Frank Phobia; the Reading Fightins mascot group; Dave Kapaona; Dean Strause; and Kim Longlot.
Other members of Anthrophobia from his 1996 label signing period to the present are Brent Black (guitar), Rob DiJoseph (bass), Dickie Delp (drums), Eric Bess (bass), Dayv Lord (guitar) , Tim Risser (bass), Mike Arevalo (guitar), Joe Donato (drums), Hans Schloesser (guitar) and Todd Owens (bass).
The members of the Mascot Band, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2021, are Screwball (Dean Stump), drums; Quack the Duck (Todd Hunsicker), singer and guitar; Change-Up the Turtle (Tom Hunsicker), percussion; Bucky the Beaver (Mike Fink), bass; and Blooper the Hound Dog (Gene Sweeney), lead guitar.
The induction event will begin with music in the FirstEnergy Stadium Plaza from 4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. with this year’s Music Director John King and his band, including Kapaona on drums. The induction ceremony will follow, leading into game time. After the Fightins match and a fireworks display, Anthrophobia and the Mascot Band will perform.
The awards themselves have been enhanced through a collaboration between the Roger Stafford Awards, the Reading Musical Foundation and Dave Kline Productions. The new awards stand 15 inches tall and contain a symbolic swirl of stained glass on a solid black base.
Presenters will be Dave Kline, CEO of BCRRHOF; Robert “Bob” Yost, Artistic Director of BCRRHOF; Charles J. “Charlie” Adams III; Mike “Andy” Anderson; Dave Lewis; John King; and the Reading Musical Foundation.
Tickets are available at fightins.com or at FirstEnergy Stadium. The rainy date is September 11.
Studio B Fine Art Gallery, Boyertown, will hold an opening reception Friday from 5-7 p.m. for a solo exhibition featuring the art of Yenna Hill, a self-taught artist known for her work which she calls “Ancestral Hieroglyphs infused with pop”. ”
A virtual tour will take place from 6-7 p.m. on Facebook LIVE, and will be archived as a Facebook event and on YouTube after opening. Amy Muzopappa of Muzo Media Productions hosts the art tour. The exhibition will continue until October 23.
Hill uses brushes, acrylic pen and marker, employing layers of colors, images, patterns, designs and shapes. The hours spent as a child drawing with his grandfather Al Haring, cartoonist and illustrator, in rooms displaying the work of his uncle, pop artist Keith Haring, inspired his journey. She has exhibited since 2009 and is well known for contributing to public art installations in and around Reading.
“Yenna makes it happen,” noted Studio B gallery director Susan Biebuyck. “Not only is she prolific on canvas, but she paints commissions with acute sensitivity.
She recently began collaborating with jewelry artist and goldsmith Chrissy Cook, owner of MADE Jewelry, on a one-of-a-kind fine art jewelry line, YEN x MADE.
“Studio B is looking forward to showcasing Yenna’s work and introducing her to the community and our artist members,” said Biebuyck. “She has had a masterful evolution in her work recently. I see her as the next talent in this generation of the Haring family. Seeing her break into the art world with such a strong portfolio is exciting to watch.
The Trey Anastasio Band and Goose are teaming up for an autumn tour which will stop at Santander Arena, Reading on November 19. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.
According to Anastasio’s website, trey.com, the two bands will each play a full set with “unique collaborations.”
Anastasio, a founding member of the jam group Phish, has received Grammy nominations for his work with them as well as his solo work. He has collaborated with artists like Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Toots and the Maytals. BB King and the Roots. He co-wrote a Tony-nominated score for the Broadway musical “Hands on a Hardbody” and performed his original compositions with numerous symphonies.
Goose are an indie groove band from Norwalk, Connecticut that formed in 2014 and have been making inroads into the jam band scene ever since. Their latest studio album, “Dripfield”, was released in June.
Seven shows have been announced for the 2022-23 6th Broadway series, which returns to Santander Performing Arts, Reading. Lineup includes “Cirque Dreams: Holidaze” Dec. 8, “Legally Blonde: The Musical” Dec. 9, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” Dec. 15, “Hairspray” Feb. 19, “Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show” Dec. 7-9 March, “Fiddler on the Roof” on April 13 and “My Fair Lady” on May 3. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.